harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - SEP 21, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Just a beautiful beer. Pours very dark black color, with a huge tan head, that fades into a nice creamy cover over the top, with some really sparse but nice lacing. The aroma is very powerful and complex as is the taste. Aroma is slightly winey, with the obvious grape smell, and lots of maple syrup, that follows into the taste. The taste is almost like a flat soda, kind of cherry coke like. Lots of grapes and cherries in the flavor, with a sour bite on first sip, complex flavors then a finish that balances everything out and you catch the sweetness. Very highly recommended.
Kåstå (1272) - Mol, BELGIUM - SEP 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very dark with a small head. Light roasted coffee and choclade aroma. The taste is as the aroma just much more intense. The taste is quite soubtle compared to Belgian equivalents but I like that as a change. Light spicy roasted taste with hints of coffee and choclade. So far the best Unibroue I have had.
NectarFarm (128) - Calgary, CANADA - SEP 2, 2003
4.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
evil deep dark black/red. complex deep aroma. unibroue yeast and expert balance and flavour. a top product from unibroue, again
beerguy101 (5244) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 2, 2003
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Dark black color. Small white foamy head. Aroma is dark fruit, bready, yeasty, sweet and spicy. A medium to full bodied Belgian Strong Ale. Malts are dark, fruity and sweet. Yeasts are spicy and bright. Like many of Unibroue beers. Also typical is the complex blend of flavors. The fruits, spices and chocolate flavors all compete and blend into a complex mélange of tastes that mark this as an exceptional beer. Very smooth taste. The only negative point is there is a very definite alcohol bite at 10.5%. Very definite belly warmer. Mouthfeel is full and round. Finish is clean and dry. Aftertaste is fruity and sweet.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 18, 2003
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very dark chocolate brown. Light beige head. Yeasty & fruity (berries, plums)aroma w/light smoke, chocolate, & alcohol. Full bodied. Complex very sweet flavour of chocolate, fruit, & nuts. Finish is sweet & alcohol laden.
TimE (2792) - Tokyo, JAPAN - AUG 8, 2003
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2007 At 10.5% it is a very big beer with VERY complex flavours. It has a nice spicy port aroma, with a complex maderia taste with hints of caramel, and chocolate, not as yeasty as other Unibroue beers and warm spicy rum like finish.
jercraigs (7182) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - AUG 3, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 14, 2006 Bottle dated 06-06-2002 on the bottle. Rated May, 2006. I didn’t think the check the cork date. Shared by GregClow. Black body, small tan head. Muted aroma, dark fruit. Fruity dark malt, light notes of licorice. Medium palate. 3+ Pleasant but lacks transcendance. I found my last sampling of Trois Pistoles to have a touch more complexity that the Terrible. 7/3/7-8/3+/16 - 3.7
2003 Vintage 2-03 bottle tasted 11-04. Dark black body with a bid off white head and decent lacing on the glass. Alcoholic aroma with some malt and dark fruits. Rich and malty with a slight touch of anise or licorice. Pleasant aftertaste, warming. Nice palate. Not as fabulous as my memory of it, though I seem to have rated it about the same. 7/4/7/4/17 - 3.9<P> Original Rating The bottle was a year old. Pitch black, aroma was muted but nice. Very smooth mouthfeel. Bit of alcohol in the finish. Dangerously easy to drink. Nicely malty. 7/5/8/4/17 - 4.1
Perkeo (322) - Portland, Oregon, USA - JUL 28, 2003
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Jesus lord, this is the kind of beer that I drink beer for. Huge abbey double on steriods quality here, a near black fruit bomb with the flavor we all think of when we think "Belgian"...refined, elegant, deep, all that. Unibroue's best beer yet all most the hardest to get...a special ocasion priveledge. Haters can pick this beer apart if they like, I think they's wrong, end of story.
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - JUL 27, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This brew seems very overrated. It is full bodied and slightly complex, but far too yeasty. Unfortunately the yeast dominates almost every part of this beer from aroma to aftertaste.
TipsyMcStager (1120) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - JUL 23, 2003
4.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Aroma of yeast, cookie dough; fairly restrained for a Unibroue product. Pours a very dark ruby brown, head is densely packed with quality lacing. Port-like in the flavour; ripe fruit, plums, raisins. Smoother than John Shaft with the ladies. The alcohol is so expertly delivered its almost a crime. You notice the booze when you try to stand up. A great beer to enjoy with a cigar or after dinner.